What you need to know
- A move earlier this month was met with outcry after it emerged users would have to share data with Facebook to keep using the app.
- The changes have been delayed until May, but many millions of users have already taken to apps like Signal and Telegram.
Earlier in January Facebook changed its policy so that users of WhatsApp will have to share their data with Facebook in order to keep using the service. WhatsApp tried to quell some fears a few days later following major public backlash over the move, highlighting messages would remain private and encrypted.
In the face of rising opposition, however, Facebook has now delayed the move until May. From Android Central:
In a blog, WhatsApp said it would take the time to clear up misinformation about the move, and that no one would have their account suspended or deleted on February 8, the original deadline.
Users have flocked in their millions to rival services like Signal and Telegram in the wake of the changes, Signal went down over the weekend due to an influx of new users, and Telegram says it has added 25 million new users in the last week alone.
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